Edmen Shahbazyan
The Golden Boy


Hype train derailed
August 1, 2020
Shahbazyan lost to Derek Brunson via TKO (punches) at 0:26 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Shahbazyan started a bit slow, but after getting taken down and absorbing a few shots, the power punches started to come. Shahbazyan landed a few heavy knees after that, but it's unclear if that was enough to take the round. Shahbazyan got off a big kick and a body shot before getting taken down early in Round 2, but again he got right back up to his feet. Shortly after, the fight was stopped to give Shahbazyan a moment to recover after a clear Brunson eye poke. While Shahbazyan landed a body kick shortly after the restart, Brunson later backed him against the cage and landed some quality strikes of his own. It was at this point it became clear why Shahbazyan didn't want a five-round fight, as he was visibly tired when getting taken down by Brunson. Shahbazyan ate a ton of ground-and-pound, and referee Herb Dean was very close to calling off the fight in the final seconds. Shahbazyan got checked out by the doctor and was allowed to continue in Round 3, but he didn't last long. He was taken down and took some heavy shots, and Dean wasted little time in calling off the fight. It was the right call. Shahbazyan clearly has some stand-up skills and an incredibly bright future ahead at 22 years old, but it was made clear Saturday he's not quite ready for the top of the division. He'll take some time to fine-tune his striking and work on his conditioning, but it won't be long before he's back in a similar position.
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Re-booked for August
June 8, 2020
Shahbazyan is scheduled to fight Derek Brunson in a middleweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on August 1, Brett Okamoto of ESPN of ESPN reports.
Shahbazyan and Brunson have already had to reschedule their meeting twice this year, but they'll now get a third chance to collide in August. The undefeated 22-year-old will look to improve upon his 11-0 record (4-0 UFC) record against Brunson, who to his own credit is coming off back-to-back victories. While Brunson has a significant experience edge, Shahbazyan is a heralded prospect that is coming off three consecutive first-round stoppages. Look for the hype to lead to him entering as a betting favorite against one of his toughest tests to date in the UFC.
Fight moved to UFC Portland
February 20, 2020
Shahbazyan's fight against Derek Brunson has been moved to UFC Portland on April 11, MMAFighting.com reports.
Shahbazyan and Brunson were initially booked to face off at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on March 7, but their bout has now been pushed back. The 22-year-old will look to keep his undefeated 11-0 overall record (4-0 UFC) intact against Brunson, who is coming off back-to-back victories.
Booked against Derek Brunson
January 22, 2020
Shahbazyan will face Derek Brunson at UFC 248 on March 7 in las Vegas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Still just 22 years old, Shahbazyan has yet to lose in his professional career, going 4-0 with the UFC and 11-0 overall. He most recently knocked out Brad Tavares in the first round of UFC 244 back in November, his 10th first-round win in his 11 professional fights. In Brunson, he'll be facing a fighter coming off back-to-back wins over Elias Theodorou and Ian Heinisch.
21-year-old remains perfect
November 2, 2019
Shahbazyan defeated Brad Tavares via KO (high kick) at 2:27 of Round 1 at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
That performance should change the minds of the select few who weren't totally convinced Shahbazyan is a stud. Tavares was a legitimate quality opponent, and Shahbazyan destroyed him. The combination that ended the fight was a thing of beauty. Edmen unloaded a couple jabs, a few big right hands, and a perfectly placed head kick. Shahbazyan is now a perfect 11-0 in his MMA career and 10 of those victories (nine knockouts, one submission) have come via stoppage. Oh, Shahbazyan also won't turn 22 years of age until later this month. Glendale Fighting Club -- Shahbazyan's camp -- took a lot of well deserved flack following Ronda Rousey's struggles in the later portion of her MMA career, but they may very well have another future champion on their hands in Shahbazyan.
Set to face Tavares
October 1, 2019
Shahbazyan will now fight Brad Tavares at UFC 244 on Nov. 2, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Shahbazyan was previously scheduled to face Krzysztof Jotko in the bout, but he'll now take on Tavares. Shahbazyan remains undefeated in 10 professional fights, three of which have come versus UFC competition.